10 Unique Restaurants in Branson
From breakfast to dinner, Branson's variety of dining options are guaranteed to satisfy any appetite. Craving more than just a meal? Find a unique dining experience served at any of these five restaurants in Branson.
Arrive hungry and prepare to be wowed by these five Branson restaurants' incredible flavor and flare!
1. BillyGail’s Cafe
If you're looking for a dining experience that captures the heart and soul of the Ozarks, BillyGail’s Cafe is the perfect destination for a hearty breakfast or lunch. The service station-turned-restaurant is filled with antiques and country cafe decor, creating a cozy and welcoming environment for guests. Hubcap-size pancakes that arrive to guests overlapping plates are a signature menu item and come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate chip, blueberry, pecan and more. Extra thick biscuits and gravy, a variety of omelettes and stuffed french toast are also popular breakfast dishes. For lunch, the cafe serves up juicy burgers, homemade soups and sandwiches. In addition to serving up generous portions, BillyGail’s also operates a country store attached to the restaurant where visitors can find unique crafts and souvenirs to take home.
2. Gettin' Basted
You may not realize that the Ozarks’ barbeque rivals that of Kansas City and Memphis until sampling some in Branson. Gettin' Basted is one barbeque joint not to overlook. The restaurant has competed in over 50 grand and reserve championship competitions, including winning the 2017 Kansas City Barbeque Society's Team of the Year in Pork. Try favorite menu items such as Basted Nachos made with crispy fried wontons and pulled pork or the "Blackout" Sandwich made of one full pound of meat - brisket, pulled chicken, pork and sausage - all smothered in the restaurant's famous barbeque sauce. Other specialty plates such as the St. Louis Cut Spareribs and "Chicken & Waffle Waffles" accompanied by sides like baked mac & cheese, housemade chips, "onionpeno straws" and potato salad make this place really stand out. Check testing award-winning barbeque off your bucket list at this Branson eatery during your next trip!
3. The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Sample the freshness of farm-to-table dining at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. Grown and raised right on campus, the freshest garden herbs, meats, and produce are used to craft the delicious food served in the Keeter Center's Dobyn's Dining Room restaurant. The culinary staff consists of waiters and waitresses who are all students at the College of the Ozarks, also known as "Hard Work U," where students work on-campus to pay for their tuition. It's not uncommon for students to also play live instrumental music while guests wait to be served in the elegant and rustic themed dining room. Inside the Keeter Center, you'll also find a hotel, meeting space, a campus bakery and creamery, where pastries, cookies, a variety of specialty coffee, ice cream and more are made. The Keeter Center is open six days a week for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for its popular all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch. Breakfast entrees, salads, carved meats, made-to-order waffles, eggs and a wide variety of desserts are just some of the options available during brunch. Reservations for all meal times are recommended.
The Keeter Center is currently closed until further notice; however, they are offering curbside pickup on the entire Dobyn's Dining Room menu, specialty groceries, coffee shop drinks and bakery items, homemade ice cream, and advanced desserts and pastries. Curbside service is offered from 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. from Monday - Friday on the full Dobyn's Dining Room menu and 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. from Monday - Friday on everything else. For more information click here.
4. McFarlain’s Family Restaurant
Located inside the IMAX Entertainment Complex, McFarlain’s Family Restaurant is one tasty, Branson-exclusive dining experience. Inspired by the IMAX film "Ozarks Legacy & Legend," the restaurant features down-home cuisine. Start your meal with McFarlain's special-recipe cornbread served with honey butter, then try crispy country-fried chicken or steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, local fish or any daily specials. Finish your meal with a piece of homemade pie or cobbler. In the spring through early winter, a select breakfast menu including all-you-can-eat pancakes, skillet meals, biscuit sandwiches, giant cinnamon rolls and more are offered. If you pay close attention to the restauarnt's decor, you'll notice pieces of Branson's history scattered throughout with black and white pictures from the Branson Historical Society and scenery showing Branson's growth over time.
5. Mel’s Hard Luck Diner
Catch lunch or dinner and a show at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner! This diner is famous not only for its fun 1950s diner atmosphere, but also for the singing waiters and waitresses who serenade guests throughout the day. Deemed "the home of the original singing servers," Mel's Hard Luck Diner employs a talented crew made of professional singers, songwriters and musicians. Find all your favorite comfort diner foods like classic burgers, hot sandwiches, chili dogs and fries. A full service soda fountain is also a huge part of the diner's authentic flare and serves up old-fashioned sodas, shakes, ice cream sundaes, banana splits and more. Don't be surprised to find yourself dancing, toe-tapping or clapping while enjoying your food! Located in the Grand Village Shops, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner specializes in creating a memorable experience for all ages.
6. Dolly Parton's Stampede
At Dolly Parton’s Stampede you are able to enjoy an amazing meal while also watching a great show, which features 32 horses and a cast of trick riders. Once you find your seats in the arena you'll be served a full four course southern comfort meal to enjoy while you watch the show. The dinner includes the Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-based potato, and a specialty dessert. The Stampede also serves vegetarian and gluten free options as well to accommodate all guests.
7. Local Flavor
If you're looking for southern comfort food and southern hospitality, Local Flavor is the sport for you. The original Local Flavor is located in Haskell Oklahoma. After being open for four years the owners, Michelle and Greg decided to open a new location right here in Branson. Start off your lunch or dinner with a true southern treat, fried green tomatoes which are served with their homemade jalapeno ranch dipping sauce. Then try the chicken fried steak that is soaked in buttermilk and served with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and Texas toast. To end your meal on a sweet note, ask about their daily deserts. This restaurant was even the gold winner for Best New Restaurant in Branson in 2021! You won't be able to pass up eating here the next time you're in Branson.
8. Pop A Dogs
Located on 76, across the street from the Aquarium on the Boardwalk is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your mid day adventures in Branson. Pop A Dogs is truly a unique hidden gem in the Ozark region. This is a gourmet hot dog restaurant that also has over 1,000 different old-fashioned sodas and plenty of different sweets to choose from. Their hotdogs range from a classic Chicago Dog to a German Dog to a Waffle Dog and everything in between! Each hotdog is served with one of their four delicious sides which include Salt Taters, Sweet Coleslaw, Mac N Cheese, and Baked Beans. A lunch break at this restaurant won't be complete without one of their old-fashioned sodas that come from all over the world.
9. Level 2 Steakhouse
Located on the second floor of the Hilton Branson Convention Center, Level 2 Steakhouse offers an incredibly unique fine dining experience. Once you are seated at your table you are offered five different knives to choose from to dine with for the evening. This steakhouse is known for their 28-day aged corn-fed Midwest beef, fresh seafood that is flown in every week from Hawaii, Heritage Missouri pork, and all of their locally grown produce. They also have a wide variety of sauces and toppings you can add to any meal.
10. HEROES Taste + Taps
HEROES really embodies Branson's love for honoring our past and present service men and women. HEROES produced their name as a way to honor service members, teachers, farmers, first responders, nurses and doctors, firefighters, and police officers. This restaurant is known for their New American Cuisine which offers a wide variety of menu items dedicated to our American Heroes. A few of their menu categories include Essential Workers, Inspirational Educators, Armed Forces, and Battle Burgers. You wont be able to pass up the opportunity to eat at this unique restaurant next time you're in Branson.
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